Dorraine Larison

Dorraine Larison

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Under Final FMLA Rule, Rights for Same-Sex Spouses Will Be Based On "Place of Celebration"

On February 23, 2015, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced the final rule to revise the definition of spouse under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The changes to the FMLA regulations will take effect on March 27,...more

2/26/2015 - DOMA FMLA Leave of Absence Medical Leave Same-Sex Marriage

Be Prepared - Watch for the Following in the New Year:

Believe it or not, 2014 is drawing to a close and a new year is around the corner. As you prepare for 2015, here are some items on the U.S. Department of Labor’s regulatory agenda that you will want to track...more

12/4/2014 - DOL Employer Liability Issues Executive Orders Federal Contractors FLSA FMLA Hiring & Firing OFCCP Rulemaking Process Sex Discrimination Sexual Orientation Discrimination Spouses

Falling Back (or Springing Ahead): The Correct Method to Pay Employees

The semi-annual ritual of changing the clocks is often a concern for those employers who have non-exempt (hourly) employees working the late shift (at 2:00 a.m. when the clocks change). When the clocks are moved back those...more

9/9/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Non-Exempt Employees Wage and Hour

Are You Ready for Next Month’s Change in the State Minimum Wage?

On August 1, 2014, Minnesota’s new minimum wage law takes effect. The new law changes the state’s minimum wage requirements in several ways, including new definitions of large and small employers, progressively increasing...more

7/2/2014 - Employer Liability Issues Minimum Wage Wage and Hour

EEOC Issues New Guidance on Religious Dress and Grooming in the Workplace

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has recently issued an informal guidance on the issue of religious dress and grooming. The guidance comes in wake of several suits accusing employers of religious...more

4/23/2014 - Dress Codes EEOC Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Employment Policies Harassment Reasonable Accommodation Religious Discrimination Title VII Workplace Attire

“Boys Will be Boys” is Out of Bounds in Any Workplace – Even the NFL

I have not followed NFL football for many years, but the recent NFL report about the Miami Dolphins definitely caught my attention. The report, prepared for the NFL by a New York law firm, concluded that Richie Incognito and...more

2/20/2014 - Bullying Harassment Hazing NFL

Use Good Sense to Avoid Making Bad Law

Lawyers often say that bad facts lead to bad law. Cases with outrageous fact patterns can drive a judge or jury to stretch the law and make outcome-based decisions in order to provide relief to a sympathetic party. Lawyers...more

10/2/2013 - Email Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress Invasion of Privacy Mobile Devices Stored Communications Act Supervisors Verizon Vicarious Liability

Can Employer Surveillance Influence Employee Behavior?

A couple of recent articles in the New York Times and The Atlantic magazine caught my attention. Although the articles are from very different perspectives, both articles made me think about dishonest employees and how...more

9/18/2013 - Employer Liability Issues Surveillance

Are You Ready for the New Hours-of-Service Regulations for Drivers of Commercial Motor Vehicles?

As of July 1, 2013, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Hours-of-Service Regulations relating to drivers of a commercial motor vehicle (“CMV”) are changing. These changes require some significant advance...more

6/27/2013 - Commercial Driving Licenses Rest and Meal Break Trucking Industry

Two Important New Employment Decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court

The United States Supreme Court issued two long awaited and employer friendly decisions today. Both relate to issues raised under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. ...more

6/25/2013 - ADEA But For Causation Civil Rights Act Harassment Hiring & Firing Racial Discrimination Retaliation SCOTUS Supervisors Title VII UT Southwestern Medical v Nassar Vance v. Ball State University Vicarious Liability

Minnesota Approves Preferential Hiring of Veterans

Here at The Modern Workplace, we have often cautioned employers to be very careful when hiring to avoid claims of discrimination. In particular, we have cautioned employers about using an employee’s class (such as gender,...more

1/23/2013 - Disability Disability Discrimination Discrimination Hiring & Firing Title VII Veterans

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